Admission to the
An AUDITION or PORTFOLIO REVIEW is required for admission to the Theatre Major Concentration in the School of Theatre and Dance.
The School of Theatre and Dance at JMU requires a gateway process for admission to the Theatre Concentration that reflects the applicant's interest and abilities. In addition to presenting material, each applicant interviews with the gateway committee.
Applicants most interested in performance present an audition, those directed toward design and theatre technology present a portfolio for review, and those interested in theatre studies (including theatre history, dramaturgy, theatre criticism, playwriting, directing, and management) and theatre education (teacher licensure) present a portfolio of examples and records of their work. These four areas represent the different "tracks" within the concentration. Each track requires and recommends particular courses, and students within a track receive priority placement in its range of courses, although any Theatre Concentration student is eligible to take any theatre course for which they have completed the prerequisite course(s). The gateway process for admission to tracks occurs in the sophomore year but may be influenced by the quality of an applicant's audition/portfolio review/interview for admission to the concentration. A student may pursue more than one track.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Saturday, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31, and Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
ARRANGING AN AUDITION/ INTERVIEW
JMU is closed now for the holidays, but we will return on January 12th and confirm audition appointments at that time.
Please download the 2014/ 2015 Audition/ Portfolio Review Registration Form, fill it out, and email it back to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition/ portfolio review appointment. You will receive a confirmation that you have been placed on the schedule for your requested date within one week of submitting the form. You will receive a detailed schedule for the audition/ portfolio review day at least one week before your scheduled audition date. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Note that the gateway process (audition/ interview) is also used to determine offers of scholarships available to freshmen. We do not currently offer scholarships to transfer or continuing JMU students when admitted to the Theatre or Musical Theatre Concentrations. However, students admitted to the concentrations are able to apply for continuing student scholarships in the spring of each year.
Prospective students may elect to be considered for BOTH the Musical Theatre & Theatre Programs by auditioning for the Musical Theatre Program.
Students who wish to be considered for both programs must audition for the Musical Theatre program, fulfill its audition requirements, and indicate when registering to audition that they would like to be considered for both programs.
APPLYING FOR ADMISSION TO THE UNIVERSITY
Please note: Admission to JMU itself involves online application directly to the undergraduate Office of Admissions. Although you may schedule your audition/portfolio review/interview before completing the application for academic admission to the University, you must complete the application for academic admission BEFORE your audition/portfolio review/interview.
JMU Application Deadlines are as follows:
Freshman Early Action (non-binding) application deadline: Nov. 1, 2014
Spring admit October 15, 2014
Fall admit March 1, 2015
Go to: http://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/index.shtml to access the JMU online application.
Audition/Portfolio Review/Interview Requirements:
For acting-focused applicants: Prepare and memorize two one-minute contrasting monologues (comedy and drama) from modern or classical plays. Both may be from modern plays; at least one must be. Choose characters fairly close to your own age and avoid dialects and accents. Material may be either in prose or verse. Please do not present a monologue from a musical or an unpublished play.
For design/tech-focused applicants, bring a portfolio of your work (designs, photos, renderings, plots, drafting, etc., as appropriate) and be prepared to discuss it.
For theatre study-focused applicants, bring examples of your work that you believe represent your interest and ability (essays on plays or performances, plays you have written, other writing samples, director's notebooks, dramaturgical research, records of work in productions, work in related fields, records of productions directed, prompt books, etc.).
For theatre education-focused applicants, bring examples of your work that you believe represent your interest and ability (lesson plans or descriptions of classes taught, descriptions of leadership or educational guidance such as directing children’s shows or assistant directing, statement of teaching philosophy and reasons for wishing to pursue theatre education, essays on plays or performances, plays you have written, other writing samples, records of work in productions, work in related fields, records of productions directed, prompt books, etc.).
Please bring to your audition/review/interview the following:
1. A current resume of performing and/or theatrical experience.
(click here to download a sample resume template) (link to current template.... please also do this on the MT Audition requirement page)
2. A current photo of yourself.
3. A copy of your high school or college (in the case of transfer students) transcript, including courses in which you are currently enrolled. This does not need to be an official transcript; a photocopy is acceptable.
4. One letter of recommendation from a director or teacher familiar with your work in theatre. Please do not bring or have sent additional letters of recommendation.
5. A 1000 word or less, type-written essay discussing why you want to join the Theatre Concentration at JMU and how you think the BA Theatre program at JMU will help you meet your academic and professional goals.
Important Additional Information
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